How was it working with Gary Oldman? Like driving a Ferrari for the first time, according to Luc Besson. The writer-director behind this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets recently took to Reedit to promote his upcoming comic book adaptation. The gregarious filmmaker shared a few memories from some of our favorite works of his, The Fifth Element, Leon, and La Femme Nikita.
If you want to know which other actors the director had in mind for Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), then check out some of the more entertaining answers from the Luc Besson Reddit AMA below.
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Before Chris Tucker became the star of the Rush Hour franchise, not to mention annoying the hell out of Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element, he was a rising stand-up comedian. And now the actor is returning to the stage with his first-ever stand-up special.
Netflix has given Tucker the chance to show he’s still got the goods for comedy with Chris Tucker Live, and the first teaser trailer for the stand-up special has just debuted online. It’s certainly an energetic tease of the comedy Tucker has in store for viewers. Watch the Chris Tucker Live trailer after the jump! Read More »
The morning of the Oscars nominations, one of the biggest snubs – in my opinion – was France’s The Intouchables not getting a nod for Best Foreign Film. Written and directed Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, it’s a hilarious and heartfelt true story about a quadriplegic and his unorthodox caretaker (François Cluzet and Omar Sy, above). In the United States, the film was distributed by The Weinstein Company, grossing an impressive $10 million. Add that to the $416 million (yes you read that right) it made internationally and the film seemed like a lock for a nomination.
Nope. Snubbed. It happens. Which actually was a blessing in disguise for the Weinstein Company, which has long since planned on remaking the film. With an Oscar nomination, more Americans would have been turned onto the original. Now it remains relatively obscure, leaving the door open slightly more wide for the remake.
Paul Feig was originally attached to write and direct, but has since moved on. His script remains though, along with a possible attachment from Oscar-winner Colin Firth as the quadriplegic. (Chris Tucker was rumored for the caretaker.) Now, the latest update is Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar is in talks to make the movie. It would be the director’s first feature film since 2007’s Evan Almighty. After that he had a near-death experience and stepped back from his Hollywood life, directing an autobiographical documentary called I Am. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Wondering what sequelized delights await us in 2013 and beyond? After the jump:
- Jackie Chan joins Expendables 3, wants to do Rush Hour 4
- Dennis Haysbert talks about replacing Michael Clarke Duncan in Sin City 2
- Mark Wahlberg calls Transformers 4 the most important role of his career
- Michael Bay says that the “leaked” Transformers 4 script is a fake
- David Wain is definitely still working on Wet Hot American Summer 2
- Adam Green is excited to explore Victor Crowley’s story in Hatchet III
- J.J. Abrams has thoughts on the 3D conversion for Star Trek Into Darkness
- George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road has finished shooting
- New images and plot details emerge for The Hangover Part 3
- A still from Red 2 shows off some godawful outfits
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Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
- Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
- Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
- Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
- Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.
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Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
“Everyone wants to do sequels,” says Chris Tucker. Indeed. After the jump:
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets a plot summary, will shoot in March
- Keith Richards may return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series
- Chris Tucker is interested in Rush Hour 4, not so much Friday 4
- Nick Cannon talks up his plans for a Drumline sequel and TV series
- Isla Fisher signs on for the kinda-sorta Jackie Brown sequel Switch
- Transformers 4 explores Bangkok as a potential shooting location
- The Last Exorcism Part II gets picked up by CBS Films; see a new image
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If you didn’t much like the third Rush Hour film, you weren’t the only one. One producer who worked on the three films, Arthur Sarkissian, thought the last installment went a little too over the top, and wants to bring things back down to earth for a fourth film.
And, yes, he does want to make another movie, to continue the series that began in 1998. This time, though, he wants something “more gritty.” Read More »
Jennifer Lawrence exploded as a great new talent thanks to Winter’s Bone, and some of her major roles that followed (such as X-Men: First Class, and The Hunger Games) had her playing a variation on the young girl who steps up to adult responsibility in a big way.
So it’s a joy to see her in footage from David O. Russell‘s new film Silver Linings Playbook. This is Lawrence playing a really adult sort of role, as she is a woman with some pretty serious, if occasionally gently comic mental issues. The film nominally revolves around Bradley Cooper, playing a guy recently released from institutionalization and trying to segue back into “real” life with the help of his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro). He meets Lawrence, and their particular problems seem to mesh. Oh, and Chris Tucker shows up, too.
The film looks like a partial return to the sort of story on which Russell cut his teeth (think Flirting With Disaster and Spanking the Monkey), though there seems to be a lighter, more generally crowd-pleasing third act here. Lawrence looks great in the role, and Cooper also seems to be expanding under Russell’s tutelage. (Something that we’ve seen other actors do in the past.)
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In the late Nineties, Chris Tucker was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He was making over $20 million to star in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour films but then he faded away. This was a guy who proved he was a comedy genius in the film Friday, could be awkward and great in a sci-fi film like The Fifth Element, but he more or less dropped off the face of the Earth after 1998’s Rush Hour, only returning for its two sequels. What happened? It seems he got a bit full of himself.
Harvey Weinstein appeared on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show Wednesday morning and said that he and Quentin Tarantino approached Tucker to make and release a movie showcasing the actor’s stand-up comedy. It didn’t happen because of Tucker’s greed. Read the details below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:
- We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
- Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
- Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
- Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
- Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
- MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained
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